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Structural Systems
STRUCTURAL SYS
CLASS CODE: CONST 120 CREDITS:  4
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A study of construction materials and methods of constructing structures. Classroom, lab experiences, and construction site tours give students an understanding of structural components of buildings, procedures, and applications of materials. Construction tool safey, codes, blueprint reading and application, conventional and innovative framing technology for residential and commercial construction will be emphasized.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: - Components and fasteners
- Material strength properties
- Safe use of hand and power tools
- Processes
- Layouts
- Building codes
- Model structure

The purpose of this course is to give the student a basic introduction to and experience in the design, materials, and methods of framing used in the building construction industry. The student will be able to identify good workmanship in framed structures. The student will learn traditional and innovative framing techniques which save labor and material and are more energy efficient.

The course will be beneficial to those students interested in entering the construction industry as carpenters, contractors, or construction managers. This course will also assist those people who desire to do some of their own carpentry and maintenance work.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Classify and describe the components and fasteners used in conventional and innovative wood, light gauge steel, and structural steel framing systems. Describe their strength properties and apply them in simple load calculations and structural design problems.
2. Be able to recall and explain the processes used to harvest or manufacture the materials used in construction of structures.
4. Demonstrate competence in the safe use of simple hand and power tools used for construction of basic structures.
5. Understand and apply the concepts of layout for building sites, walls, floors, stairs, ceilings, and roofs.
6. Summarize building codes and explain how they relate to construction practices. Construct a model structure according to applicable codes and acceptable industry standards and practices.
REQUIREMENTS: Course Policies: Students are expected to attend all classroom and lab sessions. More than two unexcused absences or tardies will result in a full letter grade drop in the final grade. When possible, inform the instructor IN ADVANCE of excused absences.

Reading assignments from the text and class assignments will be given and students will be expected to complete them prior to attending class, and participate in class discussions.

It is expected that each student will abide the BYU-Idaho dress, grooming,and honor standards. Feel free to consult with the instructor at anytime should you have difficulty or become confused. They are there to help you succeed. Office hours are posted and/or are by appointment.

Evaluation and Grading: In evaluation of each students performance and mastery of assignments and course work, the following criteria will be used.
A. Attendance: The college attendance policy is in force. Regular attendance and punctuality will influence the final grade and the level of achievement.
B. Assignments: It is your responsibility to do your own work and deliver your assignments on time. See the assignment sheet and follow it closely.
C. Quizzes, Tests, and Finals: There are three major written tests and a final test evaluating the student's progress in the course. Quizzes will be given unannounced at random. There will be NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES. You must be in class to take the quiz. The final will be a comprehensive objective test. all testing times are posted in your assignment sheet.
D. Grading: Assignments will be given a value equivalent to time involved in doing the assignment. All points for assignments, special projects, quizzes, tests, and examinations will be totaled and equated to the total points possible for that portion of the course.
E. Weighting of assignments:
Major Exams 15% Technology Report 10%
Code Assignments 15% Final Exam 15%
Quizzes 10% Lab Assignments 20%
Worksheets 15%

Assignments: Please bring a looseleaf binder to keep your code assignments, worksheets, and quizzes organized. They will be invaluable as study aides for the exams.

Some assignments will be done as groups and you will be graded according to participation and involvement with the group. Each member of the group will have individual responsibilities that will influence the grade of the entire group. Please recognize the value of this experience as it relates to real life situations and help each other to be successful within your group.

All assignments are to be completed on or before the date specified. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor or there are extenuating circumstances such as a family emergency or death. There is a voucher that may be used for a late assignment ONCE during the semester. It will be introduced in class.

Technical Report: This report is to encourage research on a special topic related to the construction industry (preferably with some connection to framing). The report is to be in written form and presented orally in class. The report should be 3-5 typewritten pages. A proposal for the report will be submitted early in the semester and approved by the instructor. Detailed instructions will be given early in the semester.
PREREQUISITES: Arch 100, 102, or concurrent enrollment in Arch 100, 102 is necessary.
OTHER: The syllabus and class assignment sheet represent a tentative outline and schedule for this class. The instructor reserves the right to make changes, deletions, corretions, or additions during the course. You will be given notice in advance of any course changes. It is your responsibility as a student to attend class and be aware of these changes.

There may be occasional unannounced visits to construction sites as they reach construction phases that correspond to lecture content. Please come dressed to face the Rexburg weather at any time. There will be substantial time spent in the lab for which you need to dress appropriately. Lab coats are available for your protection and use. Safety glasses are available for your use and MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES in the lab.

It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special needs and/or learning disabilities he/she may have before the first week of class is over so that accommodations can be made.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001